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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Reminder

Join us for this unique Discussion with Helen Ch. 
at WOA Center.
When: March 26, 2015 at 5.30 pm.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Bright English - April Schedule

Hi, everyone, who joins us every Wednesday for Bright English Club's sessions.

We are happy to see you for our April activities (@ 5 pm).

April 1, 2015 - Jazz Appreciation Day - Each April, the United States celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), an opportunity to savor a major American contribution to world culture. Initiated by the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, JAM aims to focus public attention on the music, and on the many talented composers, musicians and other contributors to the sound. Leader: Yuliia K.
April 8, 2015 - World Health Day - World Health Day marks the founding of the World Health Organization and is an opportunity to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year. Leader: Diana H.
April 15, 2015 - Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning. Leader: Yuliia K.
April 22, 2015 - Earth Day is the annual celebration of the environment and a time to assess the work needed to protect the natural gifts of our planet. Leader: Diana H.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

It's a Poetry Day. Get Poeting!

Today, March 21, is World Poetry Day. Sure thing, you have your own favourite poem. Or, perhaps, you write your poems. Among American poets, Robert Lee Frost is the most favourite. What about you?

Robert Lee Frost was an American poet. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. His work frequently employed settings from rural life in New England in the early twentieth century, using them to examine complex social and philosophical themes. A popular and often-quoted poet, Frost was honored frequently during his lifetime, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry /http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-road-not-taken/

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.


A Discussion "Develop Yourself through the Youth and Volunteering Organizations" with Diana H. and Ihor M.


1. What ways of personal development do you know? What has played an important role in your establishment as a personality? 
2. How can people realize their potential? In which way do you think it is proper to do? How and where? Have you realized all your life possibilities? What age is the most appropriate for self-development? Are you sure that there are some age- or time-limits in the process? 
3. What do you consider “volunteering” to be? What spheres of volunteering do you know? Have you ever tried volunteering in your country? If it is so, when and where? Do you take part in volunteering programs? In which ones? 
4. What youth organizations do you know? How can the organization influence a person? Name the missions of these organizations. What issues are the youth organizations specialized in? What problems do they usually solve? (If they do). Have you ever been a member of a youth organization? Does it have any impact on your life? What necessary skills and qualities can people possess due to the organizations? What can you get from youth organization? 
Do you agree that organizations can help an individual to develop the following skills? If you wish, add some more skills.
Qualities
Yes
No
Leadership


Flexibility


Communication Skills


Stress-resistance


Presentational skills


Self-esteem


Tolerance


Work experience


Team Work


Sales-education


Travelling


Global Mindset


Social Responsibility












5. How can you use a work experience in a youth organization in your life? What can students get from youth organizations? Should we support youth organization? In which way? Relationships between organization and companies, what they can get from each other?


A Presentation "Bridging Digital Divides" with Mikael L.

A Volunteer from Sweden is sharing his experience of volunteering in Kenya, his engagement in computer programming and computer game development


Bridging Digital Divides

We are used to think of organizations, states and governments as organized in an hierarchical manner. Historically, when a company in one country trades with a company in another country, the contact between these companies are taken on a managerial or even intergovernmental level. Combined with advancements in information technology, this leads to a globalization lead by big corporations, and benefits mainly them. However, we can also use these advancements in information technology to take more direct contact with each other, and have a globalization on the terms of people and individuals based on networked and decentralized organization, rather than traditional hierarchical structures. In this English speaking club, we explore how this shift in paradigm can also apply to volunteer work across the borders.

Discussion:

1. How has the Internet changed the landscape for volunteer work?

2. Would you consider doing volunteer work instead of going on holiday?

3. What country would you like to visit?

4. How can you be sure that you can trust people?

5. What organizations and websites are useful to find volunteering projects?

6. What personal experience do you have of volunteer work?

7. What difficulties can there be when working as a volunteer in another country?

8. What different skills are useful? Are there some skills that are not useful?

9. What options are there to finance your volunteer work? Is it necessary?

10. What sort of planning needs to be done beforehand?

11. What are the age limits for volunteering?

12. What is a good time frame for going as a volunteer?

13. What organizations are there that can help to find volunteering projects?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Reminder

You are invited for a Discussion on 'Development of Youth Through Volunteering and Organizations' with Diana H.
When: March 19, 2015 at 5.30 pm.
Where: WOA Center, Vinnytsia RUR Library named after K.A. Timiriazev.

Reminder

Join us for a discussion on St.Patrick's Day with Diana H. 
Where: WOA Center.
When: March 18, 2015 at 5.00 pm.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

March 17, 2015
Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland. It a public holiday also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora around the world, especially in Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.
 

Basic English on the Ukrainian and American Inventions with Kate S.


If you like to know more about inventions in Ukraine and in the US, join us on March 16, 2015 at 5.45 pm for a discussion with Kate S.Where: WOA Center, Vinnytsia RUR Library named after K.A. Timiriazev.

Movie Night on 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' with Natalia M.

On March 14, 2015 the participants of the Movie Night watched the American romantic comedy film starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard, and featuring Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam, and Mickey Rooney. Sure thing, it is "Breakfast at Tiffany's'. The film was directed by Blake Edwards and released by Paramount Pictures. It is loosely based on the novella of the same name by Truman Capote. 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' was received positively at the time, and won two Academy Awards: Best Original Score and Best Original Song for the famous "Moon River". In 2012, the film was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the The National Film Registry.
The leader of this activity was Natalia M.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

A Discussion on Annexation of the Crimea with Antonin N.

 The internationally recognised Ukrainian territory of the Crimea, consisting of the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, was annexed by the Russian Federation in March 2014. The leader Antonin N. talked about the historical aspects of annexation of the Crimea. After a short presentation the participants discussed questions and key definitions of the topic.



Thursday, March 5, 2015